25 Jan 2019

Yr2 Curriculum Update – 25/01/19

Working together to achieve success for every child


Welcome to the 10th edition!


How We Express Ourselves:  “People express themselves through celebrations.”

Transdisciplinary Learning – It’s all connected!

The children have been thinking about why people celebrate in different ways. They have looked at photos of different families celebrating the same celebration, but in different ways. They discussed what was the same and different in the pictures and then started to think about why. The children found that the weather, where you live and culture affects how you celebrate. Talk at home about the culture and traditions in your family.

The children have also been creating art to express a celebration. They thought carefully to ensure that the colours they used linked to celebration they had chosen. They used different materials to create their art piece. This linked with thinking about our wellbeing.

The children have also been busy adding work to their learning journeys. These will be shared with you when the Unit of Inquiry report goes live after Chinese New Year. Please look out for the email you will receive to notify you. Please take a look at the work as the children are working hard to create something they are proud of and want to share it with you.



The children learnt the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ off by heart, using a story map. They have then re-written the story, starting to add extra details to make it more interesting. This week they have started to plan their own stories based on ‘The Little Red Hen’. They have planned their stories to relate to a celebration of their choice. Ask your child about the story they have created with their group.



In addition, the children have been finding the most and least efficient ways to make different numbers using different amounts of values. This has required the children to identify, develop and explain the strategy that they are using, while presenting it clearly. The children have then been sharing their strategies with each other and trying to apply different strategies to help the solve addition number sentences. They will continue developing these new strategies further, becoming confident with a variety of methods to solve problems.



In the Chinese classrooms, Year 2 children continued to inquire into celebrations. Children  revisited the 12 Animal Zodiac and discussed CNY customs and compared similarities and differences with their own countries’ new year or important festivals.  Connections to learning are made using Chinese songs, rhymes, games, stories and artwork.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening in our classrooms:


Suggestions for Supporting Learning at Home

Look at adding different objects around your home. What could you add together? Ask your child to explain a strategy they could use to add.

Talk about any celebrations that you celebrate as a family. Talk about why you celebrate them relating to your culture or family traditions.


Important Dates

25th January       School Disco- postponed

1st February       Normal School Day

15th February    Year 2 Unit of Inquiry report goes live (please take a look at your child’s learning)

4th February- 8th February     Mid-term Break Starts – Happy Chinese New Year to all of our families and friends.

25th February – 1st March       Book Week

16th March        KJS School Fair


Kindest regards,

The Year 2 Team